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 August 10, 2023

Former NFL player Henry Ruggs III is sentenced to prison

Henry Ruggs III, the former National Football League (NFL) player, has just been sentenced to prison, Fox News reports

The 24-year-old Ruggs has been sentenced to three to 10 years of imprisonment. This means that he could receive parole, and therefore be released from prison, after serving as few as three years behind bars.

This prison sentence stems from the tragic incident that took place in November 2021.

According to the police report, an intoxicated Ruggs was driving his Corvette at 156 mph when he crashed into a Toyota RAV4 that was being driven by 23-year-old Tinta Tintor.

The crash caused Tintor's gas tank to rupture, and this resulted in not only the death of Tintor but also the death of her golden retriever dog, whose name was Max. The deaths, according to the coroner were the result of thermal injuries.

Also injured in the crash were Ruggs and his passenger, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington. Unlike Tintor and Max, however, these two survived.

After the crash, Ruggs was taken to the hospital. There, it was determined that he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.161, which was twice the legal limit in Nevada, the state where this all took place.

Ruggs was arrested following the incident, and, immediately - the day after the crash, the Los Vegas Raiders fired him. Ruggs, a wide receiver, had been the team's first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Rather than go to trial, Ruggs reached a plea agreement with the prosecution. As part of this agreement, Ruggs, in May, pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence (DUI) resulting in death as well as one count of misdemeanor manslaughter. This guilty plea was in exchange for the three to 10-year sentence.

Since May, Ruggs had been under house arrest with alcohol and location electronic monitoring devices. Now, he will head to prison.

In court, according to EPSN, Ruggs, flanked by his legal team, read from a prepared statement that was directed at Tintor's family.

"To the parents and family of Ms. Tintor, I sincerely apologize for the pain and suffering," Ruggs said.

Ruggs went on to say that he let his "family, teammates, and those that believed in me down with my actions." He further claimed, "My actions are not a true reflection of me."

According to Fox, Clark County District Court judge Jennifer Schwartz "told Ruggs it was one of the more tragic cases she’s seen in her career."

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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